Buddleja davidi

Camberwell Beauty

Another of the Butterfly series.

B. Camberwell Beauty is a semi-deciduous dwarf shrub that looks like a dwarf form of B. ‘Dartmoor’. It is distinguished by its profuse deep-purple flowers in late summer to early autumn. The foliage is unremarkable, the leaves being medium green and of an average size for the species.

A small cultivar of Butterfly Bush, so ideal where space is limited.



Buddleja ‘Camberwell Beauty’ is a cultivar raised by Elizabeth Keep in her garden after her retirement from East Malling Research Station in 1983. Elizabeth’s main objective was to breed shorter cultivars with a range of colours.

Elizabeth produced a series of cultivars which were all named after British butterflies.


  • Flower Colour: Pale crimson purple
  • Habit: Compact
  • Eventual height: 120-200cm (4-6ft) Spread: 60-120cm (2-4ft)
  • Hardiness: Very hardy - 20°C USDA zones 5-9
  • Leaf colour: Medium green
  • Flowering: Very floriferous if dead flowers are removed. The flowers are 25-30cm (9-10") in length
  • Fragrance: Sweetly scented and rich in nectar
  • Situation: Prefers a sunny position
  • Wildlife: Good for bees, butterflies and other insects
  • Later in the year close up images of the flowers and leaves will be added along with a botanical description.

Project Details



Place of Origin

Central China, west China and Japan

Plant Heritage

Accession Number B135

All details of our collection are held on the main Plant Heritage database including plant name, accession number, date of accession and plant source.


15 Buddleja were awarded an AGM  at the 2008-10 Wisley Trial.  It was mainly the  Buddleja davidii that were judged but we have many others in our 160 +collection which are worthy winners

  • Genus Buddleja
  • Species davidii
  • Cultivar Camberwell Beauty 'Camkeep' AGM
  • Category semi - deciduous Shrub
  • Colours and sizes are approximate and are intended as a guideline, cultivation notes should be followed

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